Reaching For The Sky

Reaching For The Sky

Written by Ade

During a conversation with a close friend last night, the discussion moved on to the issue of whether we were both living a life reflective of our full potential. I had mentioned that I did not want to look back on my life in years to come and feel that I had missed out on the possibilities that life had to offer. We had a lengthy discussion on what full potential meant and how we would know if we were living it to the fullest. Our discussion ended with us both wondering whether we were capable of more than we were currently living.

As I was preparing to head out this morning, I scanned my bookshelf to see what piece of reading I could take for my train journey. I reached for ‘Awareness’ by Anthony de Mello, a book I had not picked in years and must admit did not really remember what the book was about. As I leafed through the pages, the short story in the foreword seemed to be the perfect eavesdropper on the conversation I had with my friend the night before.

“ A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. ’Who’s that?’ he asked. ‘That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,’ said his neighbour. ‘He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth - we are chickens’. So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”

May we all discover our potential to soar the sky like the eagle.


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by MC on 8th January 2010

Nice. Food for thought and very well explained!

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by Ommar on 9th January 2010

Absolutely Ade! Nice post.

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by Bettina on 11th January 2010

Then again: "It is never too late to be what you might have been." (George Eliot)

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